Michener Institute of Education at UHN - Graduate Programs

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Diagnostic Cytology

Michener Institute of Education at UHN - Graduate Programs

Degree:Post-diploma; Online; Distance
Field of Study:Cell Biology and Anatomy
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Length:60 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $7,945
National: $7,945


Cytology is the study of cells. Using the light microscope, Cytotechnologists study human cells collected from organs and fluids throughout the body. Patient samples are processed, cells are collected onto glass slides and stained. Cytotechnologists detect and diagnose precancerous changes, cancer, and some infections. A Cytotechnologist looks over the entire microscope slide, marking areas showing significant cellular changes in a cell's size, shape, and colour. The Cytotechnologist may work closely with a pathologist. Cytotechnologists must be accurate, patient, and have strong analytical and problem solving skills to rise to the challenge of making critical diagnoses. Cytotechnologists have limited contact with patients but still interact with members of the health care team.

Diagnostic Cytology is a 60-week, intensive full-time program. The theoretical or didactic component is delivered primarily through online education. You will need to study a minimum of 35 - 40 hours each week to complete all the educational requirements in the distance part of the program. Microscope skills are developed in 11, one week live laboratory sessions at Michener. The program also includes 15 weeks simulated clinical at Michener and a 15-week clinical experience in a hospital and or private laboratory.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Canadian certified Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT); OR Bachelor of Science degree with one full-year university-level credit in both human anatomy and human physiology, with a minimum grade of at least 60%. All body systems must be studied. The course AP601-Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care Professionals, offered through The Michener Institute's Centre for Continuing Professional Education, is accepted as an equivalent for both university level credit prerequisites.
    Application Notes : Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements and access to the Internet.

    Applicants for whom English is a second language must provide proof of an English language assessment. Deadline for submission is February 1st.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on August 05, 2012